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19 May 2008 @ 02:43 pm
"Only" 97F today...  
... have I mentioned the "grateful for small things" when you live in this climate? Gah. At least it's not 100, and the temperatures are dropping in the next few days.

I went cycling early on Saturday afternoon (too much going on in the morning). The first part of the ride wasn't too bad, but the last twenty miles were hot. Half of the water went "on" instead of "in" and I had to stop for more, as it was close to 100F.

And when I got back? Both cats were sacked out inside on the floor, but one of them was lying in a patch of sun. The house was nearly 80 degrees inside!

Saturday night, we saw Iron Man. Really enjoyed it, though the main character was so assy at first that I wondered how exactly they'd bring him around. Loved his creations and his "test trials" (especially the ones that went badly!). Should I be disturbed at finding Robert Downey Jr. hot in this movie? God, those arms! The curve and the muscles in his back. Guh.

I did some yard work on Sunday, which (like so many other times) consisted largely of doing something besides the thing I'd planned to work on. Got the climbing roses pruned off entirely (they bloom only once, so I'm planting something else there that's lower-maintenance). But my unexpected task? *sigh* Dear ornamental plum tree: "ornamental" means non-fruiting. If I wanted to prune and cull to relieve your sagging limbs, I'd have planted a cherry tree instead.

Which can still happen...

 
 
 
iamstealthyoneiamstealthyone on May 19th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
... have I mentioned the "grateful for small things" when you live in this climate? Gah. At least it's not 100, and the temperatures are dropping in the next few days.

We're in about the same boat, it sounds like. Our temps are supposed to hit 107 today and tomorrow, and then cool off. I was outside awhile ago, and it was pretty hideous. What I loathe about this kind of weather is how it sucks the life out of you. I'm always tired during the summers. *pouts*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 19th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Our temps are supposed to hit 107 today and tomorrow, and then cool off.
Ack. You're not in Phoenix or Red Bluff, are you? Your temperatures are worse than mine!

What I loathe about this kind of weather is how it sucks the life out of you. I'm always tired during the summers.
I loathe living somewhere that involves summer lasting 5-7 months. *groans*
iamstealthyoneiamstealthyone on May 19th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
Ack. You're not in Phoenix or Red Bluff, are you?

I'm in Phoenix. Mesa, to be exact. Lived here since 1979, so I'm used to the hideous summers. Doesn't mean I enjoy them, though.

I loathe living somewhere that involves summer lasting 5-7 months. *groans*

But the bright side is, no freezing temps or snow during the winters. At least not here ...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 20th, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)
Doesn't mean I enjoy them, though.
No, me either. I miss living in Oregon- the winters were similar, and the summers SO much less hot.

I'd guessed Phoenix or Red Bluff because they're the only two U.S. cities I know of that are consistently much hotter than Sacramento. After all, no-one actually lives in Death Valley, not really. Or Needles. :(

But the bright side is, no freezing temps or snow during the winters. At least not here ...
We DO get freezing temps here, but they're at night-time, and if it snows it's a fluke that'll be gone within minutes. :0 However, it's often foggy and generally sucky and "blah" in the winter, so nothing to recommend there.
iamstealthyoneiamstealthyone on May 21st, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
I miss living in Oregon- the winters were similar, and the summers SO much less hot.

I've heard great things about living there. I doubt we'll ever experience it firsthand. We both like Arizona, for the most part, and almost all of our family is here.

We DO get freezing temps here, but they're at night-time, and if it snows it's a fluke that'll be gone within minutes. :0 However, it's often foggy and generally sucky and "blah" in the winter, so nothing to recommend there.

The weather has its ups and downs most places, I suppose. You just have to figure out what things you're willing to trade off. For us, the hideous summers are pretty much offset by the winters. Though I would like to see snow sometimes. (Well, visit it, anyway. Not live in it again. I'm too wimpy for extreme cold.)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on May 19th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
The muscles in his back would fit right under my hands...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bladehalfshellvenus on May 19th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
So not helping my recent obsession problem... ;)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: sexy RDJastrothsknot on May 19th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
Would you grip hard, digging your nails in? maybe he'd gasp...

Or would you skim your palms over the ridges and dips?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bladehalfshellvenus on May 20th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
Now you tempt me with the actual pictures!

Wicked, wicked...

And more the second thing. :0
Former wild child of the 80's: Dean & Sam - nothing I wouldn't dosierra_foxx on May 20th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
Oh, I miss the warmth of summer already! It's beginning to get really cold now as we get further into autumn, making it harder to drag my butt out of the house and go for a run. I'm definitely a 'heat' girl. *g*

The kids have been bugging us to go and see Iron Man too - the promos for it are on the TV all the time and Robert Downey Jnr himself came out here to promote it.

My garden is not looking terribly good at present - mainly because I've had next to no time to do any work in it. *sigh* Just not enough hours in the day!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 20th, 2008 06:07 am (UTC)
making it harder to drag my butt out of the house and go for a run. I'm definitely a 'heat' girl. *g*
Really? I like spring temperatures overall, UNLESS I'm running- and then winter is my favorite. I overheat so badly when I run, that my better temperatures are below 55. My recent runs (since it's heated up) have really sucked.

The kids have been bugging us to go and see Iron Man too
How old are they now? There's some war-related torture and some other moments that I'd consider fairly traumatic for children (I was shocked at how many kids were in the theatre when we saw it!) It has some real violence (not so much blood, but definitely violence).

Just not enough hours in the day!
I know that feeling! It's probably the season to start clearing stuff out for winter anyway. :( Which is no fun at all, that I can think of!

Serena64serena64 on May 20th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
Weather - I'm in the UK and it's bloody freezing at the moment. I envy you.
Iron Man - went to see it on Sunday and thought it was great. Don't you think Robert Downey Jnr looked like a young John Winchester? Or am I just too shallow to see past the beard?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Johnhalfshellvenus on May 20th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Weather - I'm in the UK and it's bloody freezing at the moment. I envy you.
Well, the 100 degrees is not fun no matter what. But I don't care for freezing, either, I'll have to admit. You're probably ready for it to feel like spring at this point. :D

Something I found telling from Welsh class years ago (which the teacher was not amused by, but then... he was actually a social sciences instructor and not a language teacher) was that the Welsh for "June" is the same as "Spring", and the Welsh for "July" literally means "end of Summer." I tend to think there's probably a reason for that. ;)

Don't you think Robert Downey Jnr looked like a young John Winchester? Or am I just too shallow to see past the beard?
There IS a similarity (though JDM is only hot to me when he has a beard). In fact, I pointed out a picture of JDM to my hairdresser, and his response was, "Is that Robert Downey Jr.?"

In any case, it's allll good. :)